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Iowa Doctor To Pay $10,000 Fine For Treating Disease That May Not Exist

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa doctor has agreed to stop treating a version of Lyme disease that many physicians suspect doesn't exist.

The Des Moines Register reports that Dr. Jeffrey Piccirillo of Grinnell will also pay a $10,000 fine as part of a settlement with the Iowa Board of Medicine.

Piccirillo has gained attention for using powerful antibiotics to treat patients who believed they had "chronic Lyme disease." Patients often attribute their aches and fatigue to the tick-borne bacterial infection, even though standard tests don't detect it in their bodies.

The board said Piccirillo diagnosed and treated people for Lyme disease without proper evidence that they were infected, and used treatments not recognized by national authorities. He also was accused of engaged in an improper sexual relationship with a female patient.

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